Beyond Adequate

November 29, 2012

(Teacher: Charles Stanley)

Many Christians are content to live an adequate Christian life. They believe that if they go to church, read their Bible occasionally, and say their prayers once in awhile, they are all right with God. Occasionally, they volunteer to serve others in a particular way—perhaps as an usher, a member of a church committee, or a home visitor on an evangelism team—and they consider that ministry as above the norm.

Let me challenge you today. God doesn’t call you or anyone to just an adequate Christian life. He desires to have a daily walking-and-talking relationship with you in which you experience His presence, trust Him for wisdom, courage, and strength, and rely on Him for results—at every step you take, every decision you make, every conversation you have, and every thought you think. The Lord desires to live within you. He desires to communicate to you and through you. He desires to live out His life through your expression of it—a perfect blending of His perfection and your unique talents, traits, and personality.

There is no such thing as an average Christian life. Either you are living a vibrant Spirit-filled life, or you aren’t. You are in forward motion or in a pause position. You are living in the fullness of the Holy Spirit, or you aren’t.

Make a decision today to choose the Spirit-filled life. That’s within your prerogative and will to do. God will not force Himself on you or force Himself to operate within you. He works by invitation only. He won’t overstep the boundaries of your will.


My Help

November 27, 2012

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“The Ceasefire Agreement Is No Agreement”

November 24, 2012

(Excerpt from Op-Ed at http://www.israelnationalnews.com, published on Saturday, November 24, 2012.
Author: Ted Belman)

A close look at the wording of the agreement and what it implies – and doesn’t imply.

The “ceasefire agreement” is no agreement at all. Let’s look at the wording:

A. Israel should stop all hostilities in the Gaza Strip land, sea and air including incursions and targeting of individuals.

B. All Palestinian factions shall stop all hostilities from the Gaza Strip against Israel including rocket attacks and all attacks along the border.

C. Opening the crossings and facilitating the movements of people and transfer of goods and refraining from restricting residents’ free movements and targeting residents in border areas and procedures of implementation shall be dealt with after 24 hours from the start of the ceasefire.

An agreement is constituted when both sides make commitments to each other. No commitments exist here. This document provides ” Israel should stop” etc. This is not a commitment to stop. A commitment would have read “Israel agrees to stop”.

The Palestinians on the other hand “shall stop…” . Normally one would use the same wording for both. The Use of “Shall” suggests it is a command rather than a Palestinian commitment.

The operative words in Para C are “opening” and “refraining” “shall be dealt with after 24 hours”. There is no agreement here other than a a stipulation that these issues are to be dealt with in the future. This is like a final status issue that is to be discussed later. The document doesn’t even say who shall deal with these issues.

Furthermore, the parties didn’t sign it. Why not? Israel can’t enter an agreement with “Palestine factions”, only with states. Israel didn’t want to appear to have concluded a deal with Hamas thereby elevating its stature. Thus each party ceased their shooting in the expectation that the other would also.
So far, these expectations have been met. The shooting has stopped.

But there appear to be an agreement between Egypt and Israel. At least expectations have been mooted that Egypt will act to stop the smuggling. Unfortunately, nothing has been announced on this score and perhaps there is no basis for it.

US and Israel may have an understanding, whether reduced to writing or not. Obama has suggested he will seek more funding for additional Iron Domes.

PM Netanyahu, when he announced the ceasefire said:

“Therefore I agreed with [US] President [Barack] Obama that we will work together against the smuggling of weapons – the vast majority of which comes from Iran – to the terrorist organizations.”

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Beauty And The Beast

November 20, 2012

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Happy Sunday!

November 18, 2012

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God’s Three Revelations

November 17, 2012

(Teacher: Tim LaHaye)

There are three specific ways that God has revealed Himself to mankind.

1. Through Creation
Psalm 19:1 says, “The heavens declare the glory of God, and the firmament showeth his handiwork.” Romans 1:19,20 states, “Because that which may be known of God is manifest in them, for God hath showed it unto them. For the invisible things of him from the creation of the world are clearly seen, being understood by the things that are made, even his eternal power and Godhead, so that they are without excuse.”

These and other Scriptures clearly indicate that God has given ample evidence in creation that He exists. There are serious limitations to that form of revelation, however, however, for we do not learn a great deal about God’s personal nature and nothing about His grace, love, and mercy for man.

2. Through Jesus Christ
God has given a more specific revelation of Himself to man. Hebrews 1:1-3 says, “God, who at sundry times and in diverse manners spoke in time past unto the fathers by the prophets, hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son, whom he hath appointed heir of all things, by whom also he made the worlds; who being the brightness of his glory and the express image of his person, and upholding all things by the word of his power, when he had by himself purged our sins, sat down at the right hand of the Majesty on high.” Jesus Christ revealed God to man in everything He did; that’s why if you want to know about God, then study the life of Christ. All man really needs to know about God is found in the Person of the Lord Jesus Christ. But unless you happen to live during the time of His life, you would never have known about that revelation of God were it not for the Bible.

3. Through The Bible
Of the three revelations from God, the 66 books of the Bible provide us the most complete revelation information about Him, and because the Bible is permanently in our grasp, we can study at our own discretion. God has promised to illuminate us through His Spirit as we carefully read and study this third revelation.


November 10, 2012

Settled In Heaven Blog

I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.

SIH’s Think On These Things: John 14:16-18

 

John 14:16-18
16) And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter, that he may abide with you for ever;  17) [Even] the Spirit of truth; whom the world cannot receive, because it seeth him not, neither knoweth him: but ye know him; for he dwelleth with you, and shall be in you.  18) I will not leave you comfortless: I will come to you.

One of the most precious and vital promises that our Lord gives to His followers is His promise to supply a Comforter to us….

And I will pray the Father, and he shall give you another Comforter,that he may abide with you for ever;[Even] the Spirit of truth;
Here, we can clearly see…

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